Welcome Message

The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is dedicated to the central practice of awakening. The activities of the Center cultivate awareness of the essential beauty and dignity of life coming from full engagement with life-as-it-is.

The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is named after Jikai Dainin Katagiri Roshi, the root teacher of Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal. Jikai, Compassionate Ocean, refers to reality itself, which always holds us and bathes us with compassion. Even though we may not be aware of it, even though we may be experiencing a lot of suffering, still we are held in the great ocean of Buddha's compassion.

The Center offers programs in Zen practice and study as well as programs in mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.


Program Highlights


Our website is updated periodically, primarily in April for Summer activities, August for Fall activities, and December for Winter activities.

For the most current information, please refer to the Calendar tab.

For a Future to Be Possible: Facing Climate Change

This monthly series of events is focused on the unfolding crisis of climate disruption and the many issues related to it, including what we can do.

Potluck at 6:00 p.m. Presentation and Discussion 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 14: Special presentation by Kaia Svien
Friday Nov. 11 and Dec. 16: Program to be announce.
No fee; register in advance by phone or email
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Sangha Retreats

Weekend Sesshin

Friday, Oct. 28, 7:00 P.M. to Sunday, Oct. 30, 2:00 P.M.
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Rohatsu: Buddha's Enlightenment Sesshin

Thursday, Dec. 1, 7:00 P.M.-Thursday, Dec. 8, Noon.
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Total Dynamic Living-An Eight Week Program in Mindfulness and Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction

Fall 2016

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, Sept. 20-Nov.8

St. Paul
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, Sept. 22-Nov. 10

Both classes include a one-day retreat on Saturday Nov. 5.
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Introduction to Zen Practice

A two-class introduction to Zen meditation and related practices. No fee; pre-registration required.

Mondays Oct. 3 and Oct. 10, 7:00-8:30 P.M.
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Living Zen Series: A Special Year-Long Program of Study and Practice

In this year-long series of courses we will explore Zen approaches to meeting the challenge of human life. Each course will focus on one of the three questions that the ninth-century Chinese Zen monk Zuigan asked himself each day.

Fall 2016: Zen Awakening

Wednesdays, Oct. 5 – Nov. 16 (seven sessions) 7:00-9:00 P.M.

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Weekly Gatherings

Sunday Morning Gatherings: 9:00 -11:15 A.M.
Friday Morning Gatherings: 9:30-11:00 A.M.
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Orientation to Zen Meditation

Basic instruction in Zen sitting practice offered
Sunday mornings at 8:15 A.M.

Meditation Schedule

Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 7:00-8:15 A.M.

Thursday evenings, 7:30 - 8:40 P.M
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